This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.
Good news for American gamblers. Someday soon they won’t have to get dressed and go to a casino to lose their money. They’ll be able to sit at home and legally throw it away – and many states will gladly help them do it.
Now that the Justice Department has reversed its longtime position against online gambling, expect to see a lot of states quickly move to start selling lottery tickets on the Internet – at the very least. Nevada and the District of Columbia are already poised to license online poker websites, and others are likely to follow suit.
Several states have been pushing for a relaxation in online gambling restrictions. The DOJ now says that the federal 1961 Wire Act only applies to online sports betting, opening the door for states to sell their own lottery tickets online and license gambling websites – for a piece of the action, of course. Read more »